They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.
©1987 Stephen King (P)2010 Penguin
"The amazingly prolific King returns to pure horror, pitting good against evil as in The Stand and The Shining. Moving back and forth between 1958 and 1985, the story tells of seven children in a small Maine town who discover the source of a series of horrifying murders. Having conquered the evil force once, they are summoned together 27 years later when the cycle begins again. As usual, the requisite thrills are in abundance." (Library Journal)
I'm a huge Steven King fan, but this just did not do "It" for me. What you have is a mature story with well-developed, likable characters that--much to the story's detriment--has been contorted into a thoroughly pointless and (to me) unentertaining and waaaay-too-long saga of an evil presence that lives in the drains of the small town of Derry, Maine. Steven King, at his best, can do "creepy" like no one else (The Stand still sends shivers down my back) but with It, he totally fails to fascinate with this manifestation of evil in the form of a shape-changing clown. There's a veritable orgy of the ghoulish and grotesque over 20+ hours of audiobook but none if it's in the least bit scary or original. Including 20 different instances of children having their limbs pulled off does not make a horror story any more horrific, it simply makes it dreary. The book would have been so much better if King had left out all the supernatural elements and told a simpler story of Derry and its inhabitants, past and present.
I feel it is my duty to warn people about this book, because something so disturbing and horrifying happens in the last 2 hours of the 45(!) hour book that felt like such a sucker punch. I'm not spoiling any key plot points with this reveal, but it is an important event. So, while the 7 kids (whom are all 11 might i remind you) are lost in the sewers, the lone girl in the group convince the boys that in order to find their way out, they all have to have sex with her, one after another, right then and there in the dank drainage pipes. And it is described in horrifying and graphic detail. It was so bizarre and disturbing! I have read several Stephen King novels. I know he doesn't shy away from sexuality, but this was far and beyond anything i've ever experienced from the author. It was so perverted and obnoxious that I just HAD to warn anyone who was considering this book. It really ruined the whole thing for me. It was like trying to have a good conversation with someone who just broke your nose.
Even besides that, this book had problems. There's at least 3 decent separate books that King tried to combine here. A homicidal clown was all anyone wanted or expected from this book. Why he decided he needed to turn that into an eternal creature that spans space and time and multi-dimensions is beyond me. I even looked up forums on the subject so i could try to understand the final battles, but I still can't wrap my head around it. The sequences with the children are great. The rest is questionable. The whole thing dragged on far too long and took far too many deviations from the main plot. I would have preferred a 25 hour abridged version and after listening to the whole thing, i can guarantee you that a 40% reduction like that wouldn't have even removed a single actual story beat.
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I am not kidding when I tell you that Steven Weber is incredible in this epic tale from Stephen King. This story is about so much more than a clown, so please do yourself a favor and download this. I have never listened to an audiobook more than 15 hours, so 44 hours sounds daunting, but it is well worth it and flies by with Weber at the helm of King's powerful story of childhood friends overcoming their own personal battles and one incredibly hellish evil. Download this, trust me. It's the best audiobook I have ever listened to.
There was a lot of violence and disturbing parts with homosexual issues. I couldn't finish the book.
absolutely. I love his books.
He has a great voice- very calm
The first 2 chapters hooked me
It's my first Stephen King book, and I did not enjoyed it much. There's way too much unnecessary details, as it extending for the only fact of making a long story even longer.
Not a bad story, but I can think of many books that would be a better investment.
What I truly enjoyed was the parts about these kinds wonderful friendship. And the one that I truly disliked was kids having sex... and by the way it even seemed out of context, there was nothing that suggested that could happen; and there it was, with disturbing details and with no repercussion whatsoever on the rest of the book. I even thought about stopping the book, however after 20and some invested hours, I decided to finish it... Just glad it's over. Narration has a lot of emotion, a few times a little too much yelling, but the book called for it; I guess narration was the part that kept me going until the end.
it went on and on and on, i couldnt wait for it to end
I am a D-Bag.
Yeah well I'll start with the good side of the book. Stephen King does a great job juggling tons of characters at once. Often the backstories of the characters are more interesting then main plot but thrown together and after many many hours they come together to make an interesting story.
Now the bad part, its to long, the narrator is over dramatic, and well there is the CHILD PORN. Did this really get published? There is about twenty minutes of the book that should break several laws. No one should NEVER wright about eleven year old childrens sexual expliots. Does eleven year olds even have sexual expliots. The very worst part of this is, the Child Porn does not even have anything to do with the story. Its like King just wrote the epic novel and then said mmmm.... something is missing. Oh, I know, I to need add a eleven year old gang bang scene. Sick.
I really enjoy most of this book but I just couldn't get over the CHILD PORN!!!!!!!!!!
This has to be one of the best horror stories ever written. Sleep with the lights on.
Thanks Mr. King and Mr. Weber.
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